Next year, the creators of Persona and Shin Megami Tensei, Atlus, plan to release a new game that will further cement the company’s status as a leading Japanese studio.
As reported by Gematsu, Famitsu asked several video games Company on their goals and ambitions for 2022 as this year draws to a close, and Atlus’s Shinjiro Takada had some exciting things to say to fans of the studio’s games.
Takada, who runs franchises like Shin Megami Tensei and Etrian Odyssey, says, “I chose ‘Challenge’ as my keyword for 2022 in hopes of releasing a title to the world that will become a pillar for Atlus. ” He continues, “The people work hard to create something that is interesting and satisfying for everyone, so I would love if you could look forward to it.”
We are currently aware of three projects that Atlus is working on. A port of Persona 4 Arena Ultimax was announced at The Game Awards 2021 and will be released on March 17, 2022 for PC, PS4 and Nintendo Switch. In addition, 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim will be released for Nintendo Switch on April 22, 2022; It was originally released on PS4 in 2020. The last one is Project Re Fantasy, which is led by a new development team called Studio Zero. It was revealed back in 2016, but not much information about the game has yet been revealed.
It’s unclear if Re Fantasy is the game Takada is talking about. However, do have a say Famitsu in December 2020, Atlus producer Katsura Hashino said that development of the game has reached its peak and that he would like to release details on gameplay soon.
There are also a potential atlus called “Project Pen” which was listed in the Australian government’s classification database in November, so this could be another possibility.
“With the final release of Shin Megami Tensei V, we breathe a sigh of relief, although we hope to be able to announce something again this year (2022), so please stay tuned,” explains Takada.
This year Atlus Persona localized 5 Strikers and Shin Megami Tensei III HD Remaster and released a global simultaneous version for Shin Megami Tensei V. Hopefully Atlus will continue with global releases for future games so that western fans can watch them at the same time as the Japanese.
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